Samling awards scholarships to UTAR students
Four students of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman ("UTAR") received scholarships from Samling under the inaugural Samling-UTAR Scholarship Programme, which awards scholarships to UTAR undergraduates who are pursuing courses with major in Accountancy, Finance or equivalent. Each scholarship is worth RM15,000 (US$4,700) per academic year covering tuition fees and living expenses.
The four scholarship recipients are Ng Li Ching and Lim Chia Yin who are pursuing Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting, Adrian Tan Yenn Wei who is doing the Foundation in Arts leading to Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting and Yeoh Wei Min, an undergraduate of Bachelor of Finance (Hons). All of them are from the Faculty of Business and Finance at UTAR Perak Campus. They received the Samling-UTAR Scholarship awards from Mr Goh York Pooi, Samling's Chief Finance Officer.
This year marks the first year that Samling is collaborating with UTAR in offering the university's outstanding students scholarships to complete their degree courses.
Goh said, "Samling's scholarship programme was established with the aim of awarding deserving and high potential students with outstanding academic credentials and capabilities an opportunity to pursue higher education in institutions of higher learning. Since the programme started, Samling has awarded 64 scholarships worth more than RM1.59million (US$500,000) to students pursuing degrees across different disciplines, namely wood technology, engineering, forestry science, and finance."
"It is worth noting that this is a scholarship of excellence. When we talk of rewarding excellence, especially in academic, we recognise among others the high level of motivation, outstanding characters, commitment and determination that an individual possesses and demonstrates," Goh added.
"We are very excited to have embarked on this journey with UTAR, recognising UTAR's legacy and reputation in providing high quality education and inculcating a culture of excellence amongst its students."
UTAR President Ir. Professor Academician Dato' Chuah Hean Teik said, "I applaud Samling's commitment in incorporating social responsibility practices into its business practices," adding that UTAR, sharing the common objective with Samling, is committed to ensuring more deserving students have access to educational opportunities through the provision of scholarships and financial assistance.
|Samling's Chief Finance Officer, Mr Goh York Pooi, and UTAR President Ir. Professor Academician Dato' Chuah Hean Teik, with the scholarship holders.|
Testimonies of Samling Scholars
"My dream is to be the first Kenyah doctor to provide medical assistance and improve health conditions in the forest villages. Growing up in the forest, I have experienced how difficult it can be to get medical help in the forest. I hope to make a real difference for these remote forest communities after I graduate."
Neilson Richard Seling
Medical Student from Marudi, who grew up in the forest villages of Long Palai and Long Jeeh
He received financial assistance from Samling to study medicine at the Russian State Medical University.
"Back in 1997 during the Asian economic crisis, Samling's scholarship was the only reason I was able to pursue Engineering at University of Cambridge. I would have to abandon the offer to read at the university if not for the scholarship as I could not have afforded the tuition fees and living expenses.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I was offered an opportunity to venture into the research of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that will impact the global society, but also had an obligation to serve Samling. Unable to make a decision, I sought advice from the company. Samling understood my vision and highly encouraged me to pursue my doctoral degree."
Wong Chien Yaw
With Samling's scholarship, Chien Yaw graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Engineering with distinction. He has since completed his PhD in RFID Supply Chain. He was part of a tightly integrated global research team comprising of researchers from University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other leading universities around the world, responsible for turning RFID into a global technology used in commercial and private sectors.
"After spending some time researching for my thesis at Samling's Sela'an-Linau MTCC certified area, I find that there is a great opportunity to develop sustainable forestry practices in Sarawak.
Samling offered me a full-time position in its SFM unit upon graduation. I'm glad I can continue my involvement with SFM as there is much to be done."
Wilfred an Iban, completed his Bachelor in Forestry Science degree at Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2007.
21 January 2013
Samling and Curtin Sarawak formalise relationship through MoU
Samling Group of Companies,Curtin University and Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on collaborative development.
While the two organisations have had a longstanding collaboration since the establishment of Curtin Sarawak in 1999, including the Samling’s sponsorship of academic awards and providing internships and job placements for Curtin Sarawak students, the MoU will to formalise the collaboration and provide a framework for even greater ties.
Signing on behalf of the Samling was its chief operating officer, James Ho Yam Kuan, while Professor Ian Kerr, pro vice-chancellor and chief executive, signed for Curtin Sarawak. Witnessing the signing was former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam, who is chair of the Curtin Sarawak Council.
Also present from the Samling Group of Companies were Andrew Wee, Assistant General Manager for Group Administration, and management staff of companies under the group, as well as Professor YudiSamyudia and Nicholas Ching, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer respectively, from Curtin Sarawak.
In his speech during the ceremony, Dr. Chan said he hoped the MoU will be the basis for greater collaboration between the Samling Group of Companies and Curtin Sarawak in a wide range of areas.
The MoU aims to enhance the current collaboration in student development through placement, internship, scholarships and bursaries, guest lectures, industrial visits and other related matters. It will also establish collaboration in staff development and staff exchange programmes, in addition to exploring opportunities for consultancies, research, and projects of mutual interest; and collaboration in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for the enhancement of knowledge and the betterment of the community.
Ho, meanwhile, said the MoU represented yet another milestone for the Samling Group of Companies in its ongoing quest to establish cooperative relationships and carry out meaningful projects with institutions of higher learning.
"As a global conglomerate, it has always been our strategic objective to build capacity to match or exceed world class standards, and to raise the standards of professionalism and ethics at all levels. It is for this reason that we have decided to leverage global best practices by working with reputable institutions with the relevant expertise and experience such as Curtin Sarawak," he added.
Professor Kerr remarked that Curtin Sarawak is committed towards industry-connected innovative teaching and research to develop internationally focused graduates committed to excellence, which it achieves through engaging actively at all levels across all key industry sectors.
"Our courses have applied, practical subjects with a strong emphasis on industry links, which means our students have the opportunity to work with companies in their chosen fields while studying with us. Therefore, we continually seek to build strong links with industry partners like the Samling Group of Companies," he said.
He said this is in line with Curtin Sarawak’s commitment to supporting Curtin University’s vision to be an international leader shaping the future through its graduates and research, and to be positioned among the top 20 universities in Asia by 2020. Curtin is currently ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
|James Ho Yam Kuan (2nd left) and Professor Ian Kerr (right) exchanging the MoU documents, while Datuk PatinggiDr. George Chan (centre) and Andrew Wee (left) look on.|
|Representatives from Samling Group of Companies and Curtin Sarawak posing for a group photo with Datuk PatinggiDr. George Chan (seated, centre).|
30 September 2011
Top students receive bursary award
Barama Company Limited honoured four students for their commendable performance at the Grade 6 National Examination on 30 September 2011. The highest achiever received a cash reward of GYD$50,000 (USD$240) while the other three students received cash rewards of GYD$40,000 (USD$190) each. The students are children of Barama’s employees.
According to Clement Ooi, chief executive officer of Barama, "this gesture is an extension of Barama’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme to recognise academic excellence among students. We recognise that the children of today are the future shapers and movers of the country and this can only be realised through the active involvement of the teachers, the parents and the community."
The awardees are Tia Joseph , the top performer who is the daughter of Charles Joseph, Barama’s log loader operator; Kimberly Osborne, daughter of Maureen Roberts from our veneer factory; Saskia Trapp, daughter of Mr. Julian Trapp from our Internal Security Force; and Gabriel Millington, daughter of Bruno Millington also from our Security Force.
Barama awards bursaries to outstanding students
As part of its activities in recognition of Education Month, Barama Company Limited presented bursary awards to five outstanding performers at a ceremony held at its head office in Land of Canaan on the East Bank of Demerara. The students, three of whom have a parent in the employ of BCL, and two were the top students of St. Mary’s Primary, were rewarded for their performance at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment ("NGSA").
Among the activities conducted by BCL for Education Month were tours of its Buckhall Complex by students of the Essequibo Technical Institute, the Guyana School of Agriculture-Essequibo, Friendship Secondary School and St. Mary’s Primary School at its Land of Canaan operations, and students of the Kingston PIC visiting its Land of Canaan Operations.
|Students receiving briefing as part of the education tour of Barama’s operations at Buckhall Complex.|
|St. Mary’s Primary school students singing “To serve my country – Guyana” at the award ceremony.|
Elegant Living focuses on children education
In 2009, Elegant Living donated 200,000 yuan to a Sichuan primary school (红光小学) for school construction and bursary for underprivileged children.